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St. Paul, Minn. —
June Is Busting Out All Over: Rodgers and Hammerstein were riding on the tidal wave that was "Oklahoma" when they looked for a vehicle to re-create their huge Broadway success.
They turned to a very unlikely source in a Hungarian play called "Liliom," which was all about a con artist carousel barker of the same name who falls in love with a sweet, innocent local girl named Julie.
Although the play was a flop in Hungary, the non-musical version had some success on Broadway; however, it was in the hands of Rodgers and Hammerstein that Billy Bigelow's star shone brightest both on stage and at the movies.
Here is a 1955 cinematic trailer for Carousel … which is far more about a new technology known as "Cinemascope 55" than about the film:
One of the signature songs of Carousel is "You'll Never Walk Alone," which continues to hold a very special place in the hearts of not only fans of musicals, but also in the hearts of the fans of Liverpool Football Club.
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Highlights from August 19 to 26 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Bookstore owners Joe and Mary Keyes. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Discovering Dieterich Buxtehude. Sunday, noon: From the Top. Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast:...